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MySQL Innovation Day from the Boss's Perspective
Tomas Ulin Reviews User Response
In Tomas Ulin's interview with Monica Kumar at MySQL Innovation Day, the Oracle President of MySQL Engineering announced the forthcoming MySQL Connect scheduled for September 29-30 in San Francisco. Presentations from Innovation Day, he said, are already available for download while some of the session videos will soon be made available on the MySQL Innovation Day web page. Ulin also reviewed in brief the changes to be found in the MySQL 5.6 Development Milestone Release and early access features for MySQL Cluster 7.3, providing links to download sites for both solutions.
Cloud Computing
Big Data Needs Strong Analytics, Says Mark Hurd
Otherwise, It's Worthless
Much of the information collected by Big Data is worthless, according to Oracle's Mark Hurd, that is, unless it is coupled with analytics able to sift out the wheat from the chaff. Interviewed by Madeline Bennett for V3, Hurd said, "Big data is going to be interrelated to analytics [to let firms] make a great decision at a very specific point in time that makes a dramatic change in the outcome.” Hurd also announced the imminent Oracle offering Secure Cloud, open and elastic but designed to reside behind a firewall, which he did not distinguish from the Oracle Public Cloud.
Oracle Enterprise Manager 12 c
The Total-control Tool for Oracle Linux

"Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c offers the advanced capabilities to enable IT departments and end-users to take advantage of many benefits and cost savings of IaaS," writes Anand Akela on Oracle's Linux Blog. Describing Oracle Linux as the "best Linux for enterprise computing," Akela then recommends using Oracle enterprise Manager 12c as an integrated and cost-effective solution for complete Linux systems lifecycle management that delivers comprehensive provisioning, patching, monitoring, and administration capabilities via a single, web-based user interface that significantly reduces the complexity and cost associated with managing Linux operating system environments.

Samsung to Join Linux Foundation
Cell Phone Leader Becomes Platinum Level Sponsor
Samsung will soon announce its membership in the Linux Foundation, reports Mikey Campbell in AppleInsider, and is prepared to pay the $500,000 fee that entitles the world's largest maker of mobile phones to Platinum level membership. A spokesman for the Linux Foundation says Samsung's membership will better enable the company to take on Apple, using both the Linux-based Android and Tizen platforms. At the very least, according to Business Insider, Samsung's investment will give the company a seat on the foundation's board and allow it greater oversight on upcoming versions of the Linux platform, including the Tizen mobile operating system.
vBeers – South Florida: Murphy’s@Hard Rock, Hollywood
Wednesday, June 27th, 2012
Join us for the next South Florida vBeers!

Meet with local Virtualization enthusiasts and talk about technology, theory, politics of the industry or whatever else gets your propeller spinning.

This is a great opportunity to meet with other virtualization enthusiasts and professionals and enjoy discussing all things virtualization, and in fact anything else that comes up in conversation.

This vBeers event is sponsored by Nexenta Systems. Come meet the new South East regional manager for Nexenta, Adam Wick. Find out why the register says, “Exabyte era nigh for Nexenta”

Location: MurphyÂ’s Law Irish Bar

Address: 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, FL 33314 USA

Date:Wednesday, June 27th

Time: 6pm to 9pm — arrive and depart any time

Free parking. Enter parking from State Rd 7. Park as far to the west as you can. Elevators will drop you off right next to MurphyÂ’s.

Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 172 Issue 1; Vol 171 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; Vol 170 Issues 3 and 4
We track how frequently each article is viewed on the web site to determine which the readers consider the most important. For last week, the top 10 articles were:

  • Networking in VirtualBox: An 11-Step Procedure
  • Virtualization at Oracle - Six Part Series
  • Three Recommended Methods for Moving Files Between Unix and Windows Systems
  • Procedure for Setting Up a Load-Balanced Application Across Two Oracle Solaris Zones
  • Jumpstart Enterprise Toolkit 4.9.4 Now Available for Download on OTN
  • Samsung to Join Linux Foundation
  • What is DevOps? Infrastructure as code
  • Oracle Enterprise Manager 12 c
  • Big Data Needs Strong Analytics, Says Mark Hurd
  • Java Spotlight Episode 86: Tony Printezis on Garbage Collection

The longer version of this article has list of top ten articles for the last 8 weeks.

    Free and Open Source S/W
    Make Sure Your Company's Procurement Policies Are Not Restricting FOSS Adoptions
    The Community does not Require the Indemnification Protections Proprietary Vendors Seek
    Indemnification should not be an issue in the procurement of open source software, writes Simon Phipps, who advises IT administrators to examine their procurement policies to determine whether they contains stipulations that might inhibit the adoption of open source solutions. The open source community does not have the same stake in such matters as source code protection or right-to-use issues as a proprietary vendor and, therefore, the protections necessary in dealing with vendors of proprietary solutions need not apply when open source is the choice.
    What is DevOps? Infrastructure as code
    New O'Reilly Title by By Mike Loukides
    O'Reilly has released "What is DevOps? Infrastructure as Code" by Mike Loukides, VP of Content Strategy, who writes that IT specialists are becoming part of the development team, writing the code that maintains infrastructure in multi-server environments. Even applications that run in the cloud have to be resilient and fault tolerant, O'Reilly's release note contends, creating the need to be monitored and the capability to adjust to huge swings in load. Loukides describes this expanded role for sys admins.
    Three Recommended Methods for Moving Files Between Unix and Windows Systems
    Secure Copy; Shared Drives; Rsync

    The methods of moving files between Unix and Windows fall into three categories, writes Sandra Henry-Stocker in ITWorld. These are secure copy; shared drives; and file synchronization. She focuses on scpl and sftp commands; Samba; and Rsync, respectively. In the secure copy category, Henry-Stocker prefers pscp, which she says "works like a charm." In the category of shared drives, the writer recommends Samba, an implementation of the SMB/CIFS networking protocols. Rsync appears to be a favorite of hers for its ability to copy only the changes to a particular file, working equally well in Unix and Windows, she reports.

    Jumpstart Enterprise Toolkit 4.9.4 Now Available for Download on OTN
    Changes Include Capability to Specify Slot Locations

    The JET bundle is now available for download on the Oracle Technology Network writes Mike Ramchand in his blog. JET 4.9.4, the latest version contains a number of updates, the most significant of which is the ability to specify slot locations instead of the traditional cXtYdZsN nomenclature, Ramchand notes, adding that this is a useful improvement, especially for users trying to Jumpstart multiple servers with SAS2.0-based HBAs. With the WWN embedded in the cXtYdZsN name, the post explains, it is difficult to guess what that will be until you've booted the server.

    Procedure for Setting Up a Load-Balanced Application Across Two Oracle Solaris Zones
    Uses Apache Tomcat Server Instance as Example
    Integrated Load Balancer (ILB) can e combined with Oracle Solaris Zones and the new network virtualization capabilities of Oracle Solaris 11 to set up a virtual server on a single system."] The Oracle Tech Network post includes an introductory overview of ILB and follows with an 11-step procedure for setting up a virtual half-NAT mode Apache Tomcat server instance, which means that as traffic hits the ILB, the ILB re-writes the destination IP address of the real server; the source IP address is preserved. Readers will need a basic knowledge of Oracle Solaris Zones and networking administration.
    Virtualization at Oracle - Six Part Series
    A Look at the Several Approaches to Virtualization in both SPARC and x86 Architectures

    Links to Virtualization at Oracle - Six Part Series have been gathered in a post by Monica Kumar. Her post refers readers to the series that Matthias Pfuetzner and Detlef Drewanz of Oracle have written that go through virtualization technologies that can be used with the Oracle stack. Kumar appraises the series as good in the technical overview they present of the concepts of virtualization as well as of the Oracle's server virtualization solutions spanning both SPARC and x86 architectures.

    Networking in VirtualBox: An 11-Step Procedure
    Choosing the Best NIC from among Several Alternatives
    Fat Bloke surveys the different ways of setting up networking in VirtualBox. VirtualBox enables the configuration of up to 8 virtual Network Interface Controllers (NICs) for each guest. The choice of NIC-type comes down to whether the guest has drivers for that NIC. VirtualBox suggests a NIC based on the guest OS-type that you specify during creation of the vm that rarely requires modification. The choice of networking mode depends on how you want to use your vm (client or server), Fat Bloke explains, and whether you want other machines on your network to see it.
    How to Use Oracle VM Templates
    Oracle Database Running on Oracle Linux Imported into an Oracle VM Environment.

    Yuli Vasiliev has written an OTN post, "How to use Oracle VM templates," that describes how to prepare an Oracle VM environment to use Oracle VM Templates; how to obtain a template; and how to deploy the template to your Oracle VM environment. The article also describes how to create a virtual machine based on that template and how to clone the template and change the clone's configuration. Vasiliev uses the example of a template for Oracle Database that contains two disk images: an Oracle Linux system image and an Oracle Database image.

    Java Technology
    Java Spotlight Episode 86: Tony Printezis on Garbage Collection
    Major Contributor to Java HotSpot VM
    Java Spotlight Episode 86 features an appearance by Tony Printezis, a principal member of Technical Staff at Oracle, who has been contributing to the Java HotSpot Virtual Machine since 2006. He spends most of his time working on dynamic memory management for the Java platform, concentrating on performance, scalability, responsiveness, parallelism, and visualization of garbage collectors. Arun Gupta takes his seat on the Java All Star Developer Panel.
    Centrify Suite 2012 Enables Centralized Management of Windows Accounts
    Delivers Secure, Unified Access Spanning Mobile Devices to Mainframes
    Centrify Corporation has released Centrify Suite 2012 security and compliance solution with Active Directory for the latest Linux operating systems running on IBM Z Series. This new platform support, coupled with Centrify's recently introduced mobile and additional Linux and UNIX platform support, extends Centrify's unified auditing and access management capabilities to more than 375 operating system platforms. Marketwire reports that Active Directory provides a central repository for Windows accounts, while authentication and user entitlements for other systems often reside in disparate identity silos or are managed locally system by system.
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